Fettle win a Japan Prize!
We won a Japan Prize for Educational Media in October 2015.
Children of the Holocaust got a Special Jury Prize to mark their 50th Anniversary – what an honour!
This is our series made with real life holocaust survivors from Leeds Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association, made with BBC Learning, and subsequently shown on BBC4, CBBC Newsround and broadcast around the world.
We were right in the middle of a new production, so unable to attend in person – such a shame! We’ve enjoyed the lovely feedback and the encouragement we have received by getting international recognition for our work.
But we now have a very wonderful trophy in our cabinet!
And we’ve loved the photos on their website – what a marvellous event!
We asked the organisers a few questions;
- Can you give some more information about the Japan Prize – how it came about? Who are the people behind it?
The JAPAN PRIZE was established in 1965 by NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, as an international educational program contest. Its aim is to improve the quality of educational contents and thereby to contribute to a better future for people around the world. The contest welcomes educational media of all types, including TV programs, websites, games and cross-media projects. The 2015 contest received 339 entries from 55 countries and regions. The JAPAN PRIZE also hosts IPCEM (International Producers Conference for Educational Media), an inspiring program of panel discussions, showcases and networking events that offers critical insight and explores the future of educational media. http://www.nhk.or.jp/jp-prize/
- What changes have you seen in educational media since the prize started?
Through its 50 year history, we have seen that people involved in educational content are constantly seeking ways of nurturing the joy of learning about and discovering new things, tolerance of others by individuals and in the community at large, and creativity, all of which can be driving forces for change for a better society. For digital technology, the variety of the content is growing more diverse and taking on a more user-generated style.
However, the problems of poverty, discrimination and strife are still with us. No society yet exists where education is accessible to all. The mission for the JAPAN PRIZE and its participants remains the creation of educational content and about what adults can do to build a society for the children who are the bearers of the future.
- Can you describe in just a few sentences the variety of work that the Japan Prize showcases?
Our showcase includes all types of media such as TV programs, websites, apps, and cross platform content.
- Why is showcasing this work important?
Because it is the main mission of the JAPAN PRIZE as a unique forum for all creators from all platforms to share ideas and initiative to further inspire future innovation around the world.
- Are there any challenges or difficulties that you face in sharing such diverse international work?
Technology develops day by day and new players are joining the education field these days.
We, the secretariat members, always work closely with international professionals to keep the JAPAN PRIZE relevant to the world.
- Can you tell us a little about the conference, and some important ideas people took away from it this year?
This year’s IPCEM producers’ conference marked the 50th anniversary edition. We produced three sessions. For panelists and themes, please check our website http://www.nhk.or.jp/jp-prize/english/events/ipcem.html#session1
We are looking for new ideas and inspiring initiatives to share for next year’s IPCEM.